I am asked about flat feet all the time. I’ve even gotten our OTs in the habit of looking at their client’s feet. Over and over again parents take their child to the orthopedic surgeon and ask about orthotics for their child’s flat feet. Each time the physician says no. The orthotic will not change anything. You are wasting your money. Flat feet don’t cause pain. My orthopedic books all say the same thing.
My response: I’m not looking to change the structure of the foot. I’m not concerned about pain. I am looking at FUNCTION.
I don’t see children who only have flat feet. They don’t wind up in physical or occupational therapy for flat feet alone. If that was the case I would give the same response as the orthopedic surgeon. Don’t worry about it. If I recommend orthotics for flat feet it is because the child’s lack of alignment from their foot on up is affecting their balance and gross motor skills.
Unfortunately, this decision then lands on the parent. Do they listen to the doctor telling them not to waste their money or to their therapist who works with the family on a weekly basis to improve their child’s mobility skills.
I like to use these. I measure them, the family orders them and they are relatively inexpensive.
Orthotics won’t change a child’s feet when they are barefoot. However, to watch a child put orthotics in and for the first time can run and jump with speed and agility, tells me that there are times when it is appropriate.